Endangered red wolves | NC State’s pack is growing and three new red wolf pups have been born

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — In many ways, it has been the year of the wolf in the Triangle – with the NC State men’s basketball team winning the ACC Championship for the first time in 37 years and the men’s and women’s teams making memorable runs to the Final Four.

Now, NC State is welcoming its newest members of the pack – literally. Three new red wolf pups were born over Mother’s Day weekend.

NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine now cares for eight red wolves as the population of the endangered red wolves continues to grow.

Two out of three puppies are female. In their first week of life, veterinarians reported that the puppies gained weight and showed no signs of abnormalities.

“This is what it’s all about,” said Caroline Diehl, a second-year DVM student and co-chair of the university’s student-led Carnivore Conservation Crew. “There is no other reward than seeing a brand new, endangered red wolf pup on your own campus and being part of keeping the species alive.”

About 250 red wolves are under human care at 41 partner facilities.

According to NC State, there are fewer than 30 red wolves in the wild. These all live in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge near the coast of North Carolina.

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